Focus on Education (09/10/14)

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MJC WILL SCREEN DOCUMENTARY FILM

The Modesto Junior College Civic Engagement Project invites the community to a free screening of the documentary film, “The Gatekeepers,” at 7 p.m. tonight in Forum 110 on the MJC East Campus, 435 College Ave. Campus parking is $2 in student lots. Former leaders of Shin Bet, an Israeli security agency tasked with gathering intelligence for counterterrorism operations, are interviewed in this revealing documentary that offers an inside perspective on significant decisions Israel has made in its conflict with the Palestinians. After the film, there will be a facilitated discussion. For more information on MJC’s Civic Engagement Project or the Fall Film and Lecture Series, contact Jason Wohlstadter, professor of English, at wohlstadterj@mjc.edu.

SATURDAY SCIENCE & MATH PROGRAM

The HiMAP STEM Academy will accept applications through Friday for students in grades 6-12 interested in learning more or getting extra help in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. HiMAP meets Saturday mornings at the California State University, Stanislaus, Naraghi Hall of Science, One University Circle, Turlock. Cost is $125 per semester or $200 for the school year. For more, call (209) 667-3780 or email mathgrants@csustan.edu.

EMPIRE UNION BOARD TO MEET

The Empire Union School District Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. tonight at the district board room, 116 N. McClure Road. The board will get updated budget figures from 2013-14 and go over teacher training plans. Trustees will be asked to approve a revised job description, with a significant boost in salary range, for a district network administrator, as well as a list of booster groups seeking insurance through the district and lists of fundraising events for schools. See the agenda at http://bit.ly/EmpireAgenda.

WATERFORD UNIFIED BOARD TO MEET

The Waterford Unified School District Board will meet at 7 p.m. tonight in the district board room, 319 N. Reinway Ave., Waterford. Trustees will get year-end figures for 2013-14 and discuss a county office budget review reflecting concern at ongoing deficit spending. The district pulled $400,000 from general fund reserves last year, and expects to overspend by $703,000 in 2014-15. Its three-year budget projection shows red ink for two additional years, though still ending with the minimum required in the bank. The board will also get an enrollment report showing slight gains, and be asked to approve a high school math program. See the agenda at http://bit.ly/WaterfordBoard.

LEARNINGQUEST SALUTES GED GRADS

The LearningQuest Achievement Awards and Graduation drew almost 600 people to a celebration of hard work and perseverance. Students who passed the GED test from July 2013 through Aug. 30 were able to walk the stage in gowns and caps. Also honored were six award winners for Best Effort, Most Improved and Greatest Achievement. Two volunteer tutors were recognized as well. Veronica Jones spoke on behalf of the graduating class and tell her story of overcoming obstacles.

BLACK COLLEGE FAIR TO AID STUDENTS

Modesto City Schools and Modesto Junior College have joined to host the Historically Black Colleges and Universities recruitment fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Mary Stewart Rogers Center on the MJC West Campus, 2201 Blue Gum Ave. The United College Action Network tour includes representatives from more than 30 historically black institutions. College admission officers will be available to answer questions, take applications, review transcripts and provide financial aid information. They will be ready to waive application fees and admit qualified students on the spot. Students who come with completed high school portfolios and meet certain requirements may be offered conditional scholarships. U-CAN, a Sacramento-based nonprofit, focuses on at-risk students, aiming to get them on a college track, an organization release says. For more, go to www.ucangotocollege.org.

FREE CLASSES AND JOB SEARCH HELP

Free classes and job search help, funded by a Workforce Investment Act grant, are available for low-income people ages 17 to 21. The classes qualify trainees to be medical clerks, accounting clerks and administrative assistants. Some 37 training spots remain. Programs run 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. For more information or to apply, call Tammy at Computer Tutor Business and Technical Institute at (209) 545-5200.

MJC GETS RESOURCE FOR VETERANS

The Veterans Resource Center received 30 copies of “The Military Advantage,” published annually by Military.com from U.S. Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Turlock. The guide reviews educational benefits, healthcare priorities, home loan guarantees and military discounts for vets in easy-to-read language.

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